Today was a long day. We got to Phoenix Muni early, almost too early. Parking was open, but the stadium wasn’t, so we went inside the shop to browse around. I bought myself another straw hat, since you can never have too many of them. When we finally got inside, we headed over near the A’s dugout area. I snapped a bunch of pictures of the players taking batting practice and throwing the ball around.
We got a few autographs in the Spring edition of the A’s Magazine and our Spring Training ball. Gio Gonzales, Daric Barton, Josh Outman, Rajai Davis, Cliff Pennington and Corey Wimberly. Not really any big names, but guys to watch in the future. I don’t think I got any great pictures, though I did get a few of Reggie Jackson who was in his full practice gear.
The game went well for the A’s, who had a 5-0 lead leaving the first inning. Both teams were shut down until the sixth, when the Diamondbacks were able to score two off of Vince Mazzaro and then another in the seventh. The A’s did score four more in the middle of that and two more in the seventh with help by a Josh Donaldson triple and a solo home run by Aaron Cunningham. The final score was 11-3.
After the game, we headed back to the hotel for a short bit before leaving for Jobing.com Arena to watch the visiting Sharks take on the Phoenix Coyotes. We were a little late and missed the first goal, but they saved two more Phoenix goals for when we were in our seats. The Sharks were down 3-0 going into the first intermission, and were only able to score one in the second period. As they have done more than a few times this year, the Sharks scored twice to tie the game in the third. Unfortunately, a really bad interference call on Cheechoo by the referee resulted in a Sharks penalty and the Coyotes capitalized to score with thirty seconds to go in the game and take a 4-3 lead.
Hunter was a little less excited today than he was yesterday. Still, he smiled at people when they would talk to him. While getting autographs down near the field, Hunter got to shake Daric Barton’s hand. I wish I had been able to take a picture of that. Everyone though he was so cute at the hockey game in the Sharks jacket that we borrowed from his cousins.
Tomorrow we go to Out of Africa, a wild animal park about 90 minutes north of Phoenix. We’re going to try and get there early so we can possibly drive up to Sedona for dinner and check out the views.